May 4, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -
The Minutewomen are set to take on the Atlantic 10 Championships this Saturday, May 5. Last year UMass finished in a three-way tie for first with Saint Joseph's and Rhode Island, but the Hawks were awarded the top spot per tie-breaker rules, which was based on their Varsity 8+ finish in the Grand Final. The Minutewomen had a third place finish in the Varsity Eight final and the Varsity Four and Junior Varsity Eight both finished in second place. Trials are set to begin at 8 a.m. and final heats will begin at 11:20 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 1:45 p.m.
Varsity 8: Em Chiu (coxswain), Kaitlyn MacKenzie, Michaela Streitfield, Marika Kopp, Kendall Bennett, Gabby Hayward, Stephanie Brockert, Emily Boucher & Angela Stigliano
Second Varsity 8: Isabel Feldman (coxswain), Rachel Boudreau, Katelyn Allocco, Candace Miller, Amanda Doolin, Kyla Miller, Megan Rogers, Nicoline Lomas, Beth Paret
Varsity 4: Heather Pekarivoch (coxswain), Arielle Gillette, Hannah Monahan, Emily Sgarlat, Adrienne Breef-Pilz
Checking the Forecast
Saturday will be sunny with a high of 75 degrees and 30% chance of rain. Winds will reach up to 11 miles per hour in the northeast direction.
The 2011-2012 Minutewomen
This year's squad has lost eleven seniors, including coxswains Samantha Schonerr and Carly Payne.
The team returned 25 letterwinners from last season. This year's captains are seniors Kendall Bennett and Emily Boucher.
The 2012 Spring Schedule
The season started off at the Murphy Cup on March 24 where UMass took first place in the Varsity 4+ and third place in the Lightweight 8+.
The Minutewomen raced in their second regatta of the season in Kingston, R.I. at the Yankee Cup, hosted by the University of Rhode Island. The Varsity 4+ again took first place and the Junior Varsity 8+ took second.
Last weekend, the Varsity 4+ finished first against UConn and against Holy Cross and Boston College. The Minutewomen won five of their six races against UConn, including the Varsity 8+, their first win of the season.
At the Knecht Cup the Varsity 4+ missed first place by eight seconds in the Grand Final. The Junior Varsity 8 won their Petite Final, beating Atlantic 10 rival Dayton by just one second. The pair and the single also won in the finals.
The last time out the Varsity 4+ defeated MIT, Buffalo, and Simmons College by more than 17 seconds on the Charles River in Boston, Mass. The Junior Varsity 8+ finished in second place behind Buffalo, but put up a good fight, finishing just four seconds behind the winning boat.
This weekend's races will be the second time the Minutewomen head to New Jersey. They first went for the Knecht Cup and will return again next weekend for the Eastern Sprints, their last regatta of the season.
The Fall Season
The novice Minutewomen met success early in the season, taking second at the first regatta of the season, the Head of the Housatonic, and taking first at the next race, the Head of the Connecticut.
At the Head of the Charles, the Varsity 8+ finished in ninth place out of 28 boats. The Single, rowed by Emily Boucher, came in seventh place out of 23.
Two boats finished in first place at the Head of the Fish. The 2x boat finished ahead of ten boats, and the Novice 4+ finished ahead of 20 other boats in their first place finish.
The novices rounded out the season at the Green Monster, where they finished in tenth and then at the Foot of the Charles where they placed eighth.
Boucher Represents USA In Rowing World Championship...Again
Emily Boucher competed at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships again this year in the Lightweight Single Sculls. This is her second year in a row that she competed in the event for the US National team.
In trials, Boucher came in first with a time of 8:15.87 and had a time of 8:03.98 in the finals for trials. She beat her nearest competitor by 16 seconds.
In the finals in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Boucher finished third in the first heat with a time of 8:40.21, outstroking Hungary in the last 1000 meters. In the Repechage race, she placed fourth with a time of 8:15.88 behind Paraguay, France, and Germany, but was good enough to land her in the semifinals. She placed second in the semifinal race with a time of 8:20.44 after losing pace with the Hungarian boat in the last 1000 meters.
Boucher finished in fourth place in the finals with a time of 8:02.55, after a surge in the last 500 meters that put her at a finish only seven seconds behind the winning boat.
Last year, Boucher finished in sixth place with a time of 9:02.90 in the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Final.